• 29
    Apr

    Google is shutting down Shoelace, the social app you’ve probably never heard of

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    You know that old saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?” Sometimes that’s quite literally true. Take Shoelace, a social app introduced by Google’s Area 120 incubator last summer. There are a number of reasons you likely haven’t heard of the thing. For starters, it was considered an “early experiment” by Google. Also, it was limited to ...
  • 29
    Apr

    Spotify Q1 beats on sales of $2B with monthly active users up 31% to 286M

    The coronavirus may be decimating some corners of the economy, but the impact on the digital music, as evidenced by the world’s biggest music streaming company, appears to be minimal. Today Spotify reported its earnings for Q1 with revenues of €1.848 billion ($2 billion at today’s rates) and an inching into a positive net income of $1 million. Monthly active users (not total subscribers) ...
  • 29
    Apr

    WhatsApp eyes lending feature in India as Amazon rolls out Pay Later to tens of ...

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    WhatsApp,  which began testing its mobile payments feature in India two years ago, could offer at least one more financial service to people in its biggest market. In a filing with the local regulator in India, the company has listed credit as one of the areas it will pursue in the country. The Facebook -owned service declared with the local regulator earlier this month ...
  • 29
    Apr

    Video app Marco Polo adds a subscription option amid coronavirus-led boost in usage

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    The coronavirus pandemic has sent record numbers of new users to video chat apps. Now, video messaging app Marco Polo aims to capitalize on the increases it’s also seeing to launch its new subscription business, Marco Polo Plus. The service delivers a handful of new features — including support for HD video, voice-only messaging options, custom emoji, expanded speed controls and more ...
  • 28
    Apr

    NY attorney general calls out Amazon’s ‘inadequate’ COVID-19 measures and ‘chilling’ labor policies

    The New York attorney general’s office reportedly sent a sternly-worded letter to Amazon  telling the company that the measures it has taken regarding the COVID-19 pandemic “are so inadequate that they may violate several provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” and firing outspoken workers sends “a threatening message to other employees.” The letter, not yet published but obtained by NPR (I’ve asked ...
  • 28
    Apr

    DJI’s mini Mavic Air gets an upgrade with improved camera and battery life

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    DJI had to kibosh its usual big unveil this time out, for obvious reasons, but the company won’t let a little thing like a global pandemic get in the way of an announcement. A little over two years after unveiling its lightweight Mavic Air, the drone giant is announcing the sequel. When I reviewed the original shortly after the announcement, most of ...
  • 23
    Apr

    Apple said to sell Macs powered by in-house ARM-based chips as early as 2021

    Apple’s  long-rumored Mac ARM chip transition could happen as early as next year, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report says that Apple is currently working on three Mac processors based on the design of the A14 system-on-a-chip that will power the next-generation iPhone. The first of the Mac versions will greatly exceed the speed of the iPhone and iPad ...
  • 23
    Apr

    Ford goes drag racing with 1,400 HP electric Mustang Cobra Jet

    Ford today took the wraps off an electric Mustang prototype. Called Mustang Cobra Jet 1,400, it carries Ford’s long tradition of drag racing the Mustang. But for the first time, a quiet electric power plant is spinning the slicks instead of a roaring V8. This one-off prototype is said to hit mid-eight second quarter-mile times thanks to 1,400 HP and ...
  • 22
    Apr

    VR telemedicine platform XRHealth raises $7 million

    As the pandemic pushes more investors towards examining opportunities in telemedicine, a VR startup building out a platform for remote treatment has closed on new funding. XRHealth tells TechCrunch that they’ve raised $7 million in funding with backing from Bridges Israel, Flint Capital and 20/20 HealthCare Partners. The startup has raised $15 million to date, including a $4 million seed ...
  • 22
    Apr

    Facebook invests $5.7B in India’s Reliance Jio

    Facebook  has enjoyed unparalleled reach in India for more than a decade. But as China’s fast-growing ByteDance emerges as a formidable competitor in what has become the world’s second largest internet market, the American social media giant has found the horse it wants to bet on in the new decade. The world’s largest social media company announced today it has invested ...